Dr. Laird’s research at Boston University has focused on multiple intersections of Muslim identity with healing professions and public health in the US. His early research on shared symbols of Muslims and Christians in Bethlehem set forth a research agenda on the “dialogue of life.” He employs a “lived religion” and ethnographic approach, and draws on theories of racialization, social suffering, and identity formation. While continuing to write on Christian-Muslim relations in theological circles, he has published articles on how Muslims are represented in medical literature, the emergence of Muslim free clinics, chaplaincy for Muslim patients, American Muslim physician identities, the religious health assets of predominantly Black Christian and Muslim congregations. He is currently involved in a project with the Greater Boston Muslim Health Initiative and Boston Medical Center to improve understanding and coordinate responses to domestic violence in the local Muslim community. He is interested in developing new projects on religious and cultural community assets for immigrant and refugee health.
- Graduate Faculty (Primary Mentor of Grad Students), Boston University School of Medicine, Graduate Medical Sciences
- Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, MDiv
- University of Virginia, BA
- Harvard Divinity School, ThD
- Published on 12/1/2018
Levey EJ, Laird LD, Becker AE, Harris BL, Lekpeh GG, Oppenheim CE, Henderson DC, Borba CPC. Narratives of Agency and Capability from Two Adolescent Girls in Post-conflict Liberia. Cult Med Psychiatry. 2018 Dec; 42(4):947-979. PMID: 30076558.
- Published on 9/20/2018
Cheng T, D'Amico S, Luo M, Lestoquoy AS, Yinusa-Nyahkoon L, Laird LD, Gardiner PM. Health Disparities in Access to Nonpharmacologic Therapies in an Urban Community. J Altern Complement Med. 2019 Jan; 25(1):48-60. PMID: 30234363.
- Published on 5/1/2018
Mitchell SE, Laurens V, Weigel GM, Hirschman KB, Scott AM, Nguyen HQ, Howard JM, Laird L, Levine C, Davis TC, Gass B, Shaid E, Li J, Williams MV, Jack BW. Care Transitions From Patient and Caregiver Perspectives. Ann Fam Med. 2018 05; 16(3):225-231. PMID: 29760026.
- Published on 4/1/2018
Hunter-Adams J, Cochran J, Laird LD, Paasche-Orlow MK, Geltman PL. Acculturation and a Potential Relationship with Oral Health Outcomes Among Somali Refugees in Massachusetts. J Immigr Minor Health. 2018 Apr; 20(2):351-359. PMID: 28861739.
- Published on 9/12/2017
Lestoquoy AS, Laird LD, Mitchell S, Gergen-Barnett K, Negash NL, McCue K, Enad R, Gardiner P. Living with chronic pain: Evaluating patient experiences with a medical group visit focused on mindfulness and non-pharmacological strategies. Complement Ther Med. 2017 Dec; 35:33-38. PMID: 29154064.
- Published on 2/1/2017
Laird LD, Curtis CE, Morgan JR. Finding Spirits in Spirituality: What are We Measuring in Spirituality and Health Research? J Relig Health. 2017 Feb; 56(1):1-20. PMID: 27817135.
- Published on 12/13/2016
Gardiner P, Lestoquoy AS, Gergen-Barnett K, Penti B, White LF, Saper R, Fredman L, Stillman S, Lily Negash N, Adelstein P, Brackup I, Farrell-Riley C, Kabbara K, Laird L, Mitchell S, Bickmore T, Shamekhi A, Liebschutz JM. Design of the integrative medical group visits randomized control trial for underserved patients with chronic pain and depression. Contemp Clin Trials. 2017 Mar; 54:25-35. PMID: 27979754.
- Published on 4/3/2016
Dresner D, Gergen Barnett K, Resnick K, Laird LD, Gardiner P. Listening to Their Words: A Qualitative Analysis of Integrative Medicine Group Visits in an Urban Underserved Medical Setting. Pain Med. 2016 Apr 03. PMID: 27040666.
- Published on 4/14/2015
Laird LD, Barnes LL, Hunter-Adams J, Cochran J, Geltman PL. Looking Islam in the Teeth: The Social Life of a Somali Toothbrush. Med Anthropol Q. 2015 Sep; 29(3):334-56. PMID: 25684459.
- Published on 5/1/2014
Dresner D, Resnick K, Gardiner P, Barnett KG, Laird L. Qualitative evaluation of an integrative medicine group visits program for patients with chronic pain and associated comorbidities. J Altern Complement Med. 2014 May; 20(5):A55-6. PMID: 24805640.
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